Federal bills compete over national forest roads

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Nearly 60 million acres of national forests were put off-limits to motor vehicles, road building and logging during the Clinton administration.

Last week, a bill was introduced that would turn that rule into law.

According to U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., a sponsor of the bill along with U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee D-Wash., the Roadless Area Conservation Act would protect “hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country.”